Worried about indoor air pollution? You might want to take a deep breath (or not): The EPA says the air in most homes is 2 to 5 times more contaminated than the air outdoors.
And it's getting worse. In our zeal to make homes more energy efficient, we've created spaces sealed so tightly that there can be a buildup of fumes (like volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, found in thousands of household products) and biological irritants (such as mold and dust mites).
While we know bad air is tough on people with allergies and asthma, it poses threats to all of us. VOCs cause headaches and fatigue, and radon (a naturally occurring radioactive gas found in most homes) is the second-leading cause of lung cancer.
The good news is that you don't need to spend big bucks to clean the air in your home. "Many air-quality problems can be addressed with a few low-cost, commonsense solutions, like proper ventilation," says Laureen Burton, a chemist and toxicologist with the EPA. Here are simple, budget-friendly strategies to clear the air.....Read more
Source web page:Prevention.com